Architecture

Planned concert hall hits a sustainable note

Assuming all goes to plan, the Ostrava Concert Hall is expected to be completed by 2023
Assuming all goes to plan, the Ostrava Concert Hall is expected to be completed by 2023
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Assuming all goes to plan, the Ostrava Concert Hall is expected to be completed by 2023
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Assuming all goes to plan, the Ostrava Concert Hall is expected to be completed by 2023
The Ostrava Concert Hall will be situated directly next to an existing building, the House of Culture
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The Ostrava Concert Hall will be situated directly next to an existing building, the House of Culture
The Ostrava Concert Hall has a degree of sustainability, including roof-based solar panels, which will provide all electricity
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The Ostrava Concert Hall has a degree of sustainability, including roof-based solar panels, which will provide all electricity
In addition to siting the concert hall toward the rear of the building, acoustic panels will be used to deaden any outside traffic noise
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In addition to siting the concert hall toward the rear of the building, acoustic panels will be used to deaden any outside traffic noise
Assuming all goes to plan, the Ostrava Concert Hall is expected to be completed by 2023
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Assuming all goes to plan, the Ostrava Concert Hall is expected to be completed by 2023
The Ostrava Concert Hall will seat 1,300 people
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The Ostrava Concert Hall will seat 1,300 people
Stormwater runoff will be collected and redirected to fill a small lake
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Stormwater runoff will be collected and redirected to fill a small lake

Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts, in association with Nagata Acoustics, have been selected to design a new concert hall in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The building's unusual form is described as an "instrument in its case" and will sport an eye-catching zinc roof that has solar panels installed.

The Ostrava Concert Hall will be situated next to a road and will also be built over and around an existing building, Ostrava's House of Culture. Road noise will be mitigated by acoustic panels and by placing the 1,300-seat concert hall at the rear of the building.

Stormwater runoff will be collected and redirected to fill a small lake
Stormwater runoff will be collected and redirected to fill a small lake

"Urban traffic noise is shielded by positioning the hall facing the existing park on the building's rear, while a new entrance on the promenade rises to glide over the top of the existing historical Cultural Center in a sky-lit lobby for the new hall," explains a press release. "A dramatic complimentary contrast between new and old creates a cultural landmark for Ostrava."

The interior layout itself is inspired by work produced by Czech composer Leoš Janáček and will provide a new performance space for the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Elsewhere in the building will be a rehearsal hall, theater, and staff areas.

The Ostrava Concert Hall will seat 1,300 people
The Ostrava Concert Hall will seat 1,300 people

The Ostrava Concert Hall will get all its electricity from a solar panel system. Additionally, stormwater runoff will be collected and redirected to fill a small lake and used for cooling, along with an efficient heat exchanger system.

The firms were selected to design the Ostrava Concert Hall following an architecture competition and, assuming all goes to plan, it's expected to be completed by 2023.

Source: Steven Holl Architects

2 comments
toyhouse
Why are these designs so popular lately? This design doesn't take into account the rest of the architecture in any possible way when it really should. I get the idea; they don't want connection to the surroundings - to stand out and be apart-from. Those designs work really well sometimes,...but not here so much. Looks like a shiny ufo just crashed in the older part of town. Our opinion of course.
Howe
I agree with toyhouse, it looks terrible.